By: Proserpina , 1:47 PM GMT on August 01, 2014



commonly known as nasturtium, literally "nose-twister" or "nose-tweaker"), is a genus of roughly 80 species of annual and perennial herbaceous flowering plants. The name was given by Carl Linnaeus.. The name of ‘Nose twister’ was given because they produce an oil that is similar to that of watercress (Nasturtium officinale).

Nasturtiums are native to South and Central America, particularly in Peru and Chile. They are one of the hardiest species and their perennial roots can survive winter cold at altitudes of 10,000 ft.


The first Tropaeolum species was imported into Spain by the Spanish botanist Nicolás Monardes. He published an account in 1569 entitled Joyful News out of the Newe Founde Worlde in which he described, among other things, the plants and animals discovered in South America. The English herbalist John Gerard reports having received seeds of the plant from Europe in his 1597 book Herball, or Generall Historie of Plantes.

In an ancient custom, after victory in battle, the Romans used to set up a trophy pole called a tropaeum (from the Greek tropaion, source of English "trophy"). The armor and weapons of the vanquished foe were hung on the tropaeum. The plant has round leaves which resemble shields, and the flowers appear as blood-stained helmets, all of which reminded Linnaeus of the tropaeum, and that’s how the plant was given the official botanical name.

Nasturtium thrives all around the world and over the centuries it has played many roles. It is used as a source of food, as decoration for food, as an herb, as medicine, and as a beautifying product as well. The plants benefit not only humans but also it provides a great deal of protection to other plants.

Medicinal uses:

An ointment made from Nasturtiums can be used to treat minor cuts and scrapes as well as help treat some types of acne and skin irritations.
A tea can be made with the leaves and petals. Supposedly the tea alleviates respiratory infections, prevents scurvy and urinary tract diseases, regulates hyperthyroidism and stimulates the digestive tract.

Cosmetic uses:

Nasturtiums can aid in the reduction and removal of stubborn skin problems. Different types of natural facial masks and washes can be made with the leaves. Not only can the leaves help get rid of acne, but it also acts as a hair growth stimulant. In fact many shampoos and conditioners include nasturtium in their ingredients!

Culinary use:

Nasturtium has been used in the kitchen for centuries. All parts of this flower are edible and each part has a unique bittersweet peppery taste and texture. The pickled seeds are often described as tasting like roasted capers. Oil is often extracted and used in cooking foods to give them a spicy mustard-like taste.

Stuffed Nasturtium Flowers


12 nasturtium petals (whole flowers)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 garlic clove, minced fine
1/2 tablespoon fresh chives (you may use chive blossoms, chopped)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh lemon verbena (or lemon balm, lemon thyme, lemon basil, lemon catnip, or lemon zest)
salt and pepper (optional)


Make sure flowers are clean and dry. Pick as close to serving time as possible, but definitely the same day. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Mix cream cheese thoroughly with herbs. Season to taste. Place 1 or 2 teaspoons of mixture (depending on size of flower) in center of flower. Pull petals upwards to cover the cheese as much as possible. Press lightly into cheese to stick.

I have eaten Nasturtium petals at a formal tea that featured edible flower concoctions. I have not used Nasturtiums for any other purpose. The information above was gathered from a Google search.


Sixteenth Century
Nasturtium is discovered in Peru

1638 - 1715
King Louis XIV caused hard times for the French people. Many used nasturtium as a source of food and spices.

Nasturtium is found in the wild for the first time at Yale University. The flower that was discovered was the Rorripa nasturium-aquaticum

During the Victorian Era scurvy was common throughout Europe. People began to use nasturtium as a source of vitamin C and for its antibacterial properties.

In 1841, the plant was discovered in the wild in the United States. The first place it was discovered was in Niagara, New York.

Shortly after the discovery in New York, the flower won the title of a "rare escape of cultivation." In short, nasturtium, a non-native plant began reproducing at a rapid rate, and was also cultivated throughout the United States.

1872 – 1874
Impressionists such as Monet, used the Nasturtiums as a subject matter in their paintings.
Late 1800's Early 1900's
Nasturtiums finally reach the west coast and is found growing in the wild.

Nasturtiums once again are used in art by the painter Henri Matisse. ‘Dance I’ features Nasturtiums.

1930 - 1945
Nasturtium played a minor role in World War II. The seeds were ground up and used as a pepper substitute because actual pepper was hard to find.

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47. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:34 PM GMT on August 17, 2014
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46. palmettobug53
3:48 PM GMT on August 17, 2014
Good heavens above! Look at the mess Mimi made!

I've had cats claw up the TP in the bathroom but not dogs. I have to admit, though, that I've had more cats than dogs and most, if not all, of them were outside dogs. They were only allowed inside for brief periods.

I think GG's suggestion about contacting animal control and the code compliance office are good ones. You might want to see if you can check out what regulations are in place for your neighborhood regarding leash laws, aggressive animals, etc. Know where you stand, then, as she says, compose very calm, controlled letters or emails about your concerns.

I'm sorry you're having to put up with such an inconsiderate directly-across-the-street neighbor.

I think lawyers are the worst. We had one next door and he took offense very easily. He was also very inconsiderate and demanding. He spent several years telling us we HAD to take down two trees between our house and his because the tops swayed over the property line when the wind got up. He would not let up about it. When he finally offered to pay half the cost, we threw in the towel. We really didn't care that much about those two pine trees but it was asking a lot to expect us to take them down, at our own expense, just because they swayed when the wind blew.
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45. WeatherWise
11:57 AM GMT on August 15, 2014
Oh my! Mimi did have a paper party! I am sure you were frightened especially for Mimi as dogs are often curious and not aware there is danger. Perhaps, she thinks they are harmless was the reason for her laughter. I have a big dog that barks at me when I go past and when its owner has it on a leash it is pulling as hard as it can. However the owner does not make him hush nor does he seem to think that is not good behavior. I always try to move to the other side of the street but someimes he wants to talk. I am betting that morning gleato was good and could get to be a new habit. Have a great day! HUGS! Love your sunflower!

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44. GardenGrrl
5:20 PM GMT on August 14, 2014
Hi Prose. Oh neighbors. The City Of Lewisville has a very responsive animal control department. You may call yours and very nicely explain how the owners and dog across the street are aggressive and you feel they really do not have good control of a dog that is aggressive towards other dogs.

Better yet, compose a well written and reasonable sounding e-mail. Send one to the animal control and the other to the regular code compliance office. State how often the dog is in the front yard. How the leash looks like it may not be suitable for a large lunging dog. Is the dog ever tied up in the front yard unsupervised?

Describe the owners behavior when their dog is aggressive. Be honest. Be detailed. Use objective terms and avoid embellishment. Do not say the owner or dog IS aggressive. Say that is your perception of the observed behaviors. Ask if they can check that out because you of course are no expert and would like to know if your fears are valid.
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43. Proserpina
10:49 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Additional info about Damon and a possible visit with him:

Regarding Damon! We are trying to put together a chance to see Damon on Sat. 8/16. For those who can get to Tampa Bay around noon Please reply. He will be going to the Gulf coast possibly Reddington beach later. I know he has been to Little Harbor a few times. That is one place that is beautiful actually in Ruskin.,+R uskin,+FL+33570/@27.7310468,-82.5096489,13z/data=! 3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x88c2df52b36b89b1:0 xe656c4c7bfe3a44c!2m2!1d-82.475316!2d27.731051
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42. Ylee
10:33 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Is the bear spray and the prod for the PB, or the hyena? :' ) We had about an inch of rain out of that system.

Take care!
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41. aquak9
10:16 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
hi mom- if your son were nearby, he'd love to use his slingshot on the nasty pitbull-
I, on the other hand, would not be so kind, to animal or human. Ok, maybe I would be kind to the animal.

Enjoyed all the read-back, oh Mimi, what a little pup she will always be.

All good here- digging to find roots of my tree, so close, so close- love, me
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40. Proserpina
3:45 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Good morning.

A neighborhood young man is here to do some weeding for me. He also weeded for two hours last week. Well worth the $10 an hour he asked for. It is the first time in 36 years that a teenager seeks yard work in order to make a few $. At one time it was the norm for a teenager to want to do chores for neighbors. I am grateful.

As to the pit bull. He lives directly across the street from me and I have no way to escape his presence! Changing my and Mimi's walking route doesn't help due to the locations of our houses. I am changing a tiny bit in that I do not go down the street but up the street and around the block, this gives me an easier escape route. If it is possible at all.
I do carry pepper spray and as of the evening of the 'hyena' laughter, I carry also the bear spray container. The bear spray uses a different part of the capsaicin pepper and hence it is stronger, the container has much more spray as well. If pushed some more by the 'hyena', I will start carrying the stunning gun baton. I prefer not to but I will carry and use it if necessary.

Sandi, I think that you are doing a wonderful thing for your family. It is hard work, I know, but what a superb gift for your family, especially for the younger generations. Hopefully the family tree that you so lovingly put together, will be passed down through the future generations.
When I last went to Italy I brought with me copies of my tree and related research. I prepared different printouts for different family lines so that they clearly see their part of the tree. I also gave a complete tree to the town library to be used by anyone in town. My tree is quite extensive, I included anybody and everybody related to anyone in the tree. My gift to the town and to my ancestors who were an important part of the development of the town.

TS, I have gone to the site you point out. Paper art is really fabulous. I like the faces that this artist makes. Yes, Mimi is an artist as well!
You can see from my general comment at the top of this post, that I have no choice about the routes I take. The pb is right across the street and no avoiding this animal and the 'hyena'. In the 36 years in this neighborhood, I have never had any problems with any of the neighbors. Thirty years or so ago I did have a little request that my then next door neighbor to please keep his dog out of my yard (not an attack dog). That neighbor is a lawyer and he responded with a written threat of taking me to court for 'libeling' his dog! He moved a long time ago and until now I have never had a negative word with anyone in the neighborhood. Even now no 'discussion' has occurred, not yet!
I very much like your suggestion about the care of Mimi if I go .... You are kind to plan for Dixie. Thank you for all of your suggestions and sites pointed out. I appreciate it that you make my life easier and or interesting with all of the sites you point me to.

Ylee, no, we did not get flooded right here but there was lots of flooding in the Metropolitan area, especially in MD. Some areas were pretty bad getting more than 6 inches of rain in one day. Here we had at least 4. Unfortunately yesterday I had an appointment that I needed to keep and got caught in the worst part of the rain! Really bad conditions! Smart me, had asked hubby to take me and he did. How about you Ylee, did you get any rain?

, thank you for the comments. I think part of my answer to you is in the general comment at the top. I l love the description of my neighbor as 'hyena', and that she is! I now refer to her, on line and at home, as 'the hyena'! Gelato fixes a lot of problems, and so do Hot Fudge Sundays. HFS is the food I go to when life gets really bad or something horrible happens. It is a good sign that I have not had a HFS in a couple of years. As t the gelato, l was lucky that I had in the house the kind I can eat. I am so darn allergic to so many things these days that my food flavors are limited. Vanilla and cinnamon are two big no nos for me! Cappuccino flavored is just fine! It is going to be a bad Thanksgiving this year without a slice of my apple pie!

Karen, sorry about Sadie. There are too many sadistic people out there who get their kicks by abusing animals. I bet they abuse humans as well! Good to see you on the blogs now and then. That's how I got to see your beautiful photos of Lake Tahoe, etc. You really enjoy being active physically and mentally, I admire your spunk! And you are a great mom and grandmom!

Hi WW, any photos from your recent trip to DC? I need to visit your blog and maybe I'll find DC photos. I tried to come by your blog while you were gone, I think that I made it there two times. Take care.

Bug, what a lovely story about the Chihuahua! There are kind people around such as your MIL ! As to the 'daughter' who did not want to be bothered with the dog, not nice at all! I bet she was not a great daughter either!
I hope that your cough is gone and that you are back to feeling good. I have been having problems with environmental allergies lately and my sinuses are so bad that they are causing headaches. Last night was one of the nights when I developed a headache even though I had taken a Benadryl. The sinuses responded to a hot bottle treatment. Thank goodness.

GG, that's one beautiful photo and I thank you for sharing it here. As you know, I love butterflies and flowers, and this photo is just perfect for my senses. Sunday hubby and I went to a local garden-park so that I could photograph the summer flowers and the butterfly garden. There was just ONE butterfly with torn wings! The last time I went to visit that Butterfly Garden area (a couple of years ago) the place was teeming with hundreds of butterflies, lots of bees, .... But this area is having problems in keeping these insects alive. Sad.

Barefoot, it is sad about Damon. He is so young! I need to check on Facebook for more info on Damon. I do not know if they have chosen a place where those who can to visit with D. I'll post the info here if there is more info. Of course PeaceRiver is also posting on her blog about D. I saw you there a few days ago.

Hi CalPoppy! Thank you for the comments about my photos. I'll come by to check your blog and I am sure that you took great photos! I am sure you have noticed how well Mimi is using her 'training'! LOL

I hope I did not miss answering a post. I should not wait so long before I respond to your lovely and appreciated posts! Be well everyone!
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39. sandiquiz
12:20 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Good morning,
Hope today is going better than yesterday... my day is just busy!
You know how complicated family trees can be, well, trying to condense all I have learnt into narrative and photos... oh, boy, it's time consuming, and I need to have it doe by the 30th of this month! Argh!!!
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38. Thoughtsteader
12:01 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
When you're catching up, be sure and look at this post by artist Gary Myers. It's -- uh -- amusing and totally relevant to Mimi's toilet paper escape. Perhaps she saw a rough draft of Gary's post and had artistic intentions!
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37. Proserpina
3:09 AM GMT on August 13, 2014
All is well, just busy. Will catch up tomorrow, hopefully.
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36. Thoughtsteader
7:18 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
Just thinking here, Pros - is there somewhere else you could take Mimi for her walk? Either head in another direction, or go to a supervised dog park? We have a big, beautiful dog park not so very far from me that's divided into large dog and small dog sections, so pups like Mimi don't have to put up with Rotweilers and German Shepherds, and the last I heard they had a policy where any dog that acts up can't come back. It might be something to look into. I'm no fan of pit bulls at all. We just had another incident in town where a couple of kids were mauled by a family dog. I keep hearing that there's nothing wrong with the breed, but it seems as though their attacks are so often unprovoked. In any event, no matter how their owners tell me they're sweeties, I'm not having anything to do with them.

On a lighter note -- that photo is wonderful. How could you be made at her for that? Dixie used to like to go in and pull the toilet paper off the roll by clawing at it. I'd go in the bathroom, and there'd be nothing but a pile of tp on the floor, some shredded and some not.

Yep. It's a gelato day for sure!
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35. Ylee
6:31 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
Pros, did you get flooded today? Hope everything is OK.......
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34. BriarCraft
10:36 PM GMT on August 11, 2014
Happy birthday to Mimi! One year old and still a puppy at heart.

What bothers me most? HER LAUGHTER! Humiliating, callous, evil! She is educated and a career person! But evil as of this morning!
I can't help but ask, "What has education got to do with evil?" Compassion and caring, or their opposites, have nothing to do with intelligence, let alone education. Some of the most evil people in history have been well-educated. And some of the sweetest, most caring people are intellectually challenged. No, Prose, evil people are evil, regardless of whatever else they may be.

I am delighted that you had some gelato to settle your nerves. Nothing like some comfort food to relieve stress. I have no doubt that if the pitbull's leash had snapped, you would have done whatever necessary to protect little Mimi. Maybe you should think about carrying some pepper spray to protect you both from vicious dogs.

On a brighter note, it surely was thoughtful of Mimi to provide you with a fun photo to post in this week's photo challenge. She did good!
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33. SBKaren
6:27 PM GMT on August 11, 2014
Hi Maria,

I thought for sure I posted here yesterday because I read about Mimi turning one. Oh well, maybe I read and left because I ran out of time. So sorry,

The TP picture is a crack up. Believe it or not my daughter's cat does the same thing. Her husband told her to leave one of the chewed up rolls just the way it is so he doesn't ruin another new one. Genius! (actually, not sure it worked).

Your walk with Mimi sounds scary. Can you go another way? That would frighten me too. Sadie is a big dog but very intimidated by other dogs.....I'm sure from something that happened in her earlier rescue life. We will be walking on the sidewalk and will approach a dog the size of Mimi and she'll step out into the street to avoid it! It's kind of funny/sad.

Hope you've calmed down some by now! Take care!!!!
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32. Proserpina
3:54 PM GMT on August 11, 2014

Mimi @Maria photo 20140811_3755_edited-1_zps1e8d6d4a.jpg

Mimi @Maria photo 20140811_3763_edited-1_zps8f57fa52.jpg

What a morning I am having! First Mimi and the mess she made, well I laughed at this. Every puppy should have some fun with toilet paper! However I am not laughing right now, in fact I am shaking, really shaking. Mimi and I took our second walk of the day and when we were about our fence I saw the across the street pitbull come out of his driveway and run toward us. He was on a long leash but could not see it right away. I yelled 'oh my God' at which point the woman who lives across the street (only for about a year or two) started laughing at me! Said nothing, just laughed! Meanwhile the dog kept straining toward Mimi and me! The person who was with her (her son?) just stared while holding on the leash of the other dog (two dogs across street). And I have no recourse until one of us (Mimi or I) is mangled! What bothers me most? HER LAUGHTER! Humiliating, callous, evil! She is educated and a career person! But evil as of this morning! I just ate some gelato, yes gelato at 11:30 am! I do not drink ever, I eat gelato when stressed! Having put this down has calmed me down a bit.

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31. Ylee
3:44 PM GMT on August 11, 2014
Happy birthday, MImi! I didn't know they made bacon gelato... :' )

All I can say is that no one knows what the future will bring, so why worry about it? Take care!
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30. WeatherWise
2:57 PM GMT on August 11, 2014
!Beautiful Nasturtiums with great info! Neat recipe. Thanks for sharing. I always wonder how to use edible flowers. Pros all of your flowers are beautiful as usual!
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29. Thoughtsteader
7:59 PM GMT on August 10, 2014
Well, Happy birthday to Mimi! I hardly can believe a year's gone by. A friend and I went to Galveston for brunch this morning, and we were talking about that well-known phenomenon -- the years slipping by faster and faster as we age. Ah, well. All the more reason to enjoy them!

I spent a good bit of time pondering Dixie's future if anything should happen to me, and here's what I did. I talked to her vet, and he agreed that they would try to find her a home if I kick the bucket before she does. I set up a $500 CD with a pod for the doc and the clinic jointly. That way, they'll have money to maintain her while the search for a home goes on. Any extra money will go to her new family. If, after time and given her personality, she just refuses to adjust, or if she has serious health problems at the time, I trust the vet to make the right decision.

Your nasturtiums are wonderful. I had quite a collection of china with nasturtium decals at one point. It's all gone now, but this is a fairly good example of the decal. Only two or three potteries used it, like Paden City. They may have had an exclusive agreement for its use.

Other than that, it's been busy as can be and flat hot. We've been lucky this year to stay slightly under our normal temperatures, but we're making up for it now. No problem for me. I just huddle in the AC at the computer!
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28. palmettobug53
5:09 PM GMT on August 10, 2014
Happy Birthday, Mimi!

Pros, don't worry so much. You and Mimi will have many years of happiness together.

You do have a valid point, though. Just like parents of small children need to have a plan in place, in case the unthinkable happens, as to who will care for their children, so do ALL pet owners. We all need to talk to family and friends and have a plan in place, if we are no longer here or are no longer physically able to care for our pets.

My MIL faced a situation like that with one of her friends. Ann either had a stroke or heart attack - this was years and years ago and I really don't remember the details. What I DO remember is that she had a 3 year old chihuahua. My MIL had taken the dog while Ann was in the hospital and, later, the nursing home. Ann passed away shortly after that. When the family was going through her apartment, my MIL asked 'I've been keeping Kevin since Ann got sick. What are you going to do with him?"

Ann's daughter said, "Well, we don't want him. He's just going to be trouble. We don't have time to find a home for him. We're just going to have him put to sleep."

My MIL was horrified. She really didn't want the dog but said that she'd take him, before she'd let them put him to sleep just because they couldn't be bothered with finding him a home.

He was the sweetest little thing and he had a good home with my MIL. I think he was about 20 years old when he finally slipped away one night in his sleep.
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27. sandiquiz
9:45 AM GMT on August 10, 2014
Happy Birthday Mimi, and at one year old she is only 12 in human terms, so still a child, but the next six months will make all the difference. Max is now 18 months old and he is good company, playful, and for most part, obedient!

As to your worry..... the more you worry the worse it will be, so stop worrying, please. You are not old, you are in the prime of your life, and will live for ever!!
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26. Proserpina
9:23 AM GMT on August 10, 2014
Mimi @Maria photo 20140809_3076_edited-1_zps5791df48.jpg

Good morning.

Today is Mimi's First Birthday.

It has been a rough year but it also has been a year for me and my puppy to bond and love each other. Ok, I love her, she loves all of the treats I give her! The story of my life!

Really, Mimi is turning into a sweet and sometimes obedient doggie. We both graduated from the first set of obedience classes and are signed up for the second set which will start in two weeks.

To be honest, I worry about Mimi as I acted with my heart when I got her and not with my head. I know that I can give her the care and love that she needs at this time but I am not young and I am worried about what happens to her when I am too sick to take care of her worse, when I am gone.

But, today is her birthday and it is cause to celebrate. She will get a nice treat of cookie topped with Hagen Daaz gelato!

'All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.'

Charles M. Schulz
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25. sandiquiz
11:35 AM GMT on August 09, 2014
Hi Pros - Hope you have a good weekend... :) I am doing not much other than working on my "book"! I have until the end of the month to complete it, and last night I decided to take three days away on my own to visit one area of the UK I have always wanted to go and explore. So that cuts down the time I have left!

GG - that is a wonderful photo !
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24. GardenGrrl
11:35 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
Hi Prose, it is so sad to hear another of Wuvilles is going on. I did not know Damon but if he was part of WU he is proabaly a nice guy.

Took this picture yesterday and thought you would enjoy it.

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23. Proserpina
2:56 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
From Facebook:

Damon's caretaker is wanting to bring him to the West Coast area specifically to Indian Rocks beach this weekend or next.

Would anyone be interested in meeting with them either weekend?


Regarding Damon! We are trying to put together a chance to see Damon on Sat. 8/16. For those who can get to Tampa Bay around noon Please reply. He will be going to the Gulf coast possibly Reddington beach later. I know he has been to Little Harbor a few times. That is one place that is beautiful actually in Ruskin. Destiny Dr, Ruskin, FL 33570/@27.7310468,-82.5096489,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m 8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x88c2df52b36b89b1:0xe656c4c7b fe3a44c!2m2!1d-82.475316!2d27.731051
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22. Barefootontherocks
8:19 PM GMT on August 07, 2014
Sorry to hear this news. Damon is the first blogger who made a comment in my blog. Not to mention the flapper dress he wore to help ward off 'canes in 2006. Sweet memories.

Thank you, Damon. Love you.
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21. Proserpina
7:50 PM GMT on August 07, 2014
Emmy posted some information on Facebook about a former WU friend Damon Klein. There may be some of you left from the old group who might be interested in knowing about this horrible news, and who might want to sent a card,... Here is what was posted on FB (where many or former WU friends can be found):

"Hello Everyone - hope you are enjoying this most unusual summer - at least for us in Texas where the temps are about 10 degrees below the "norm"- I do have some news - DAMON is in HOSPICE and is slowing leaving us here on this plain. For those interested in our long time weather friend with an awesome smile - there is a fund being set up in his name. All monies raised will go to less fortunate children and the Good Shepherd Hospice - he's always thinking of can also, while time remains, send him a CARD to let him know we still care. no matter what life brings us - in a blink of an eye its over - like our rejoice while you can. That's the news. Be well everyone. If anyone has questions or issues please bring it to me directly. Thanks. Make donations payable to:

Damon Klein Memorial Fund, 206 Clairmar Circle, Davenport, FL 33837


So sad.

Damon you are in my prayers.
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20. BriarCraft
7:34 PM GMT on August 06, 2014
I was on a quest for a photo for a Flickr photo challenge when a rufous hummingbird zipped past my ear, headed straight for the nasturtiums. No time for a nicely composed shot as these little birds don't hold still for more than a second or two. My biggest challenge on this type of shot is just to zoom the lens and try to spot the subject in the LCD, but maybe you can see the hummer. And somehow, I didn't realize until now that nasturtiums have sufficient nectar to entice a hummer.

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19. Ylee
2:24 PM GMT on August 05, 2014
Thanks for re-linking that, Pros! My grandfather had also passed away before I was born, and i wished I knew him, as I was told he was an honorable man.

Hope you have a nice day!
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18. Proserpina
1:55 PM GMT on August 05, 2014
Sandi wrote a lovely entry for her blog, it is on WWI. I posted this reply:

"Hi Sandi, thank you for this wonderful blog.

You probably already know that my life was shaped by two wars, WWI (Italy allied with USA, Britain, France), and WWII (Italy not allied with the above mentioned nations until after 1943-45, but my father chose to defy the Nazis and Mussolini and ended up in a concentration camp for 2 years). I have a blog on my ancestors and the town where they were born, one of my entries is about my maternal grandfather who fought in WWI and died as a result of that war leaving. If interested the story can be found here Link I hope you do not mind me pointing you and others to my other blog and family history. I've neglected that blog for quite some time but the old stories are pretty good, so I think. Thank you so much! "

I decided to show this info here as well. Perhaps some of you might want to check the story and or the blog. The family stories are in the old posts. arch?updated-min=2009-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated -max=2009-07-21T08:30:00-07:00&max-results=23&star t=22&by-date=false Link
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17. calpoppy
6:56 PM GMT on August 04, 2014
Wonderful perennial border, Pros! Beautiful Black Eyed Susans!!! A very popular flower amongst my landscape clients, they all want them, Shasta daisies and Columbine.

You all graduated!!! Yay for Mimi and both of you of course! TNT are enjoying boomer ball in the evenings, I will post a new blog this week about it. Hopefully I can get better pics, Tess is always on the other side of the ball and all I get in the pic is her hind end, LOL!
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16. sandiquiz
11:14 AM GMT on August 04, 2014
It makes me smile to read that Briar called nasturtiums "nasty urchins". We ought to have a blog on the funny things we called items when we were children.

Apparently, I called butterflies "foo-foos" - but also called flowers and bees foo-foo, too!!
I am sure I was an annoying child.

Hope you had a good weekend, and Raindad didn't get "tummy-ache"!! lol
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15. GardenGrrl
10:01 AM GMT on August 04, 2014
Oh I love these little flowers. They come up reliably from seed in the spring. The heat of summer melts them back into the ground. The leaves remind me of water lilies.
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14. BriarCraft
9:44 PM GMT on August 03, 2014
It was fun and interesting to read all about "nasty urchins" which I am told is what I called them when I was little. I have not tried nasturtiums where I live now, but this year I decided to try them on a trellis and bought seeds for the tall kind, mixed colors. The vines are thick and semi-rigid, so I can poke them through the trellis and, for the most part, they stay where I put them. So far, the "mixed" colors that have appeared are a bright reddish-orange and a rich yellow. They look lovely growing up behind my yellow and orange calendulas. I'll see if I can get a decent composition to post here.
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13. Proserpina
6:35 PM GMT on August 03, 2014

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12. Proserpina
4:50 PM GMT on August 03, 2014
Hi Bug,

I had never heard of nor seen a Mexican Petunia! So I went to the site you pointed out and then googled some more. Invasive? I love it! At least I love the photos. Purple flowers, how can they be bad? I am having problems with the 'regular' petunias, they are beautiful when I plant them but within a couple of weeks they are straggly and unsightly. I pinch them back but nothing happens! I planted the Nasturtiums near the petunias and so they are the ones providing a little color! Only a few of the Nasturtium seeds germinated but enough for me to enjoy and photograph. I'll bring a Nasturtium photo to your blog since you do not have any this year. :)

Aqua, do the cookies have vanilla or cinnamon? Thank you.
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11. palmettobug53
1:50 PM GMT on August 03, 2014
Good morning, Pros, and belated white rabbits.

I love nastursiums and meant to get some seeds to plant this year. Time got away from me, though, and I never got around to it. Next year, perhaps.

I don't have much blooming, at the moment. Some ginger lilies. The Mexican Petunia. The lantana blooms most of the summer and on up into the fall. None of them work well as a cut flower.

The Mexican petunia I have is purple. They got killed back by the extreme cold this past winter and are very short. Just as well, I suppose. They're considered an invasive in FL.

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10. Proserpina
1:39 PM GMT on August 03, 2014
A few days ago Raindad and I received several batches of delicious homemade cookies! Hubby, especially, has been munching on them incessantly! He can't help it, they are delicious! AQUA thank you for making them, RAIN thank you for shipping them! Raindad and Prose are lucky and happy to have you guys love us! And we love you too! And we are proud of you both!
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9. Proserpina
1:34 PM GMT on August 03, 2014
Karen, Ylee, Sandi, thank you for stopping by, I was feeling lonely! I thought everyone had forgotten me! I know childish thoughts!

Seriously, I am glad you did come by.

Karen, I do enjoy taking photos. If my interest in photography had occurred a few years back, I would be taking courses to become a really good photographer, but at this point I have decided that classes are a thing of the past (except on line but not for photography).

Hi Ylee, I hope your weekend is going well too. Yesterday Mimi, hubby, and I graduated from 'Beginner Education' puppy classes! We have the photo and the certificate to prove it! If I can figure out how to work the new scanner, I will post them.

, what a gorgeous photo and variety of Nasturtiums! I love the way you put the reaction to the testy herbs-flowers meal! That's exactly what I felt with the flower tea! I loved the Nasturtiums, Daylilies, Violets, and whatever else they served. It used to be fun going for tea at different historical places in Virginia. Several friends and I actively and seriously pursued this 'hobby' for many years. About 3-4 years ago I had to stop when my pain problem got really bad but a couple of my friends still pursue the themed teas around VA. Occasionally I do bite into a Daylily from my garden, I know that they have not been bombarded with chemicals! Isn't it fun to play with edible flowers and herbs? Thank you for the gorgeous photo.

GG, thank you for the lovely greeting you created. I read somewhere that this 'rabbits' greeting is your work! I do agree, it is an Irish Iris! It has been my thought as well. I have fallen in love with this luscious color!

WathchingTheSky, thank you for the visit and the wishes. Let's hope that August turns out to be a decent month.

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8. sandiquiz
8:36 AM GMT on August 03, 2014
My favourite one is the Empress of India, which I grew about five years ago, Each summer the odd flower emerges from nowhere to brighten a dark corner!

Wonderful blog, full of interesting facts.
Thirty years or so ago I went with a group of food teachers to a "herb garden" that introduced you various herbs, explained their uses and then cooked a lunch using many of the herbs. My only comment after lunch was that "my taste buds, sang".... never had they been bombarded with so many wonderful flavours!! lol
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7. Ylee
4:13 AM GMT on August 03, 2014
Hi, Pros! Hope you're having a good weekend!
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6. SBKaren
11:29 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Wow - your flower photos are gorgeous. I had no idea you could do so much with a nasturtium!!
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5. Proserpina
11:18 PM GMT on August 01, 2014

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4. Proserpina
11:08 PM GMT on August 01, 2014

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2. WatchinTheSky
6:52 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
White Rabbits, Pros! I Hope it's a great month for you!
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1. GardenGrrl
3:08 PM GMT on August 01, 2014

I do believe that is an Irish Iris in your header.
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